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Retire to a Community You Love by Ensuring it Matches Your Interests

By Senior Living

Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”

To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, and to learn about 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs, CLICK HERE.

How to be a Long-Distance Caregiver for an Aging Parent

By Senior Living

Long-distance caregiving comes with its own unique challenges, whether you live an hour, a state line or even an entire continent away. As a caregiver for a parent, you’re responsible for the decisions that impact both their life and your own. The stress of this responsibility can be high, along with the guilt of feeling like there’s more you could do. Recent studies have shown that long-distance caregiving can mean spending an average of nearly $12,000 each year in care-related expenses. Yet despite the distance, however great it may be, you can still provide excellent support and compassion to ensure your loved ones enjoy a high quality of life.

Preparation is the key for this next stage of life, both for you and your loved one. To learn about long-distance caregiving tips meant to help make the transition into the role of caregiver for a parent a little easier, CLICK HERE.

Avoiding Isolation in Older Adults

By Health & Wellness

Deeply rooted in all human beings is a need for community. But did you know that lack of connection and social interaction is a health concern? According to research by AARP’s Connect2Affect initiative, 26% of adults over age 65 are at an increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness. One of the best steps to take to maintain seniors’ health is to foster existing social connections and develop new ones. But it’s not always simple.

To learn more about factors that contribute to social isolation among seniors and solutions to combat it, CLICK HERE.

You’re Never Too Old to Have a Hobby – The Best Retirement Hobbies

By Activities, Uncategorized

If you’ve retired from a full-time job, you suddenly have 40-60 hours of time previously filled with working, commuting and eating lunch with co-workers. Some retirees use their newfound time to check stuff off their to-do list. But after you’ve seen the sights, visited relatives, caught up on your reading list and got your house in order, what’s next?

Many seniors may pick up a hobby or dive more deeply into an existing one. But what if you don’t have a hobby or are tired of the ones you have? A hobby is defined as a pleasurable activity you regularly do during your leisure time. By that definition, anything you enjoy qualifies. Still at a loss?

To learn about the many benefits of hobbies for mental health as well as your emotional, social and physical well-being, CLICK HERE.

Negotiating with Your Mover

By Senior Living

Comparing Apples to Apples is Essential When Selecting a Company to Transport Your Stuff.

If you’ve decided to downsize or move to a senior living community, one of the biggest concerns is finding the right mover. How do you know the company you select will do what they say they’re going to do? How do you know if the price is a good one? Will they treat your possessions with care and respect?

The time to do your homework is months before the actual move. A lack of planning may force you simply to settle for the first firm who says yes to the job.

To find out tips on how to choose a moving company you can trust, CLICK HERE.

5 Financial Benefits Your Senior Parent May Qualify For

By Senior Living, Uncategorized

There are certain milestones we hit during our lifetimes. At 13, we’re a officially a teenager. Turning 16 means we can drive. When we turn 18, we can vote and see any movie we want. At 21, we can buy alcohol. After 40, society says we’ve hit middle age. It’s not until our 60s that the hard work, wisdom and experience starts to pay off. Yes, it’s during this decade that most people retire, but it’s also a time when you can start taking advantage of senior discounts and other financial benefits for senior citizens.

If you have a parent or other loved one who has recently retired, it’s important to not only keep tabs on their health and wellness, but also on their finances. Make sure they can cover everything from food to housing to health care. Luckily, there are lots of discounts for fun activities to help your parent enjoy retirement. Plus, there are government benefits programs that offer financial assistance for seniors to bolster their bottom line.

To learn about various suggestions of financial help for seniors, as well as ideas to help your loved one get more out of their retirement, CLICK HERE.

15 Assisted Living Activities Anyone Can Enjoy

By Activities, Uncategorized

If you think moving to an assisted living community means slowing down, think again. You can slow down if you want to, but communities are bursting with activities for seniors in assisted living. Community events are great opportunities to spend time with friends and share more than just a meal. Good activity directors ensure programs are interesting and varied. You can participate as much or as little as you please, but if you want to keep busy, you’ll never be bored.

To find out more about activities that anyone can enjoy, CLICK HERE.

Active Aging and the Benefits it Provides

By Health & Wellness

National Active Aging Week was recently recognized, and we’re celebrating aging and the benefits of active aging. We’re so inspired by all the vibrant people we’re surrounded by and believe those individuals are living proof that with each chapter, you can continue to grow and better yourself. Whether pursuing a new hobby or adjusting your habits, there are many ways to lead an active lifestyle and receive the benefits of being active.

To learn more about the meaning of active aging, CLICK HERE.

 

5 Reasons Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities

By Uncategorized

There are hundreds of senior living communities all over the country. So you’re sure to find one in your dream retirement location. But if you or a loved one is considering moving into a senior living community, there’s more to consider than just its location. Not all communities are the same. One of the most important things to consider is the benefits of living at a community and the impact the lifestyle has on the people who live there.

When a loved one moves into a Life Plan Community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC), it’s not unusual for their family members to note positive changes in their parents’ physical and mental health. That’s because senior living communities foster health benefits that your elderly parent may not be able to realize on their own. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Dealing with Aging Parents’ Finances: A 4-Step Plan

By Uncategorized

When you were younger, your parents may have had to intervene when you bounced a check for the first time, or spent more than your paycheck could cover. But now that you’re grown, roles may have shifted quite a bit — and now, you’re the one who may need to intervene to manage or protect your parents’ finances.

Would you know how to take care of your elderly parents’ finances? Would you know how to take over your parents’ finances, especially in a crisis? Do you have access to all the information you’ll need in case something happens?

Though it may not be an easy conversation to have, it’s an important one. You’ll need to have a realistic picture of your parents’ financial situation — especially if you sense they’re having difficulty managing their affairs. To learn about the 4 steps that can help the process go more smoothly, CLICK HERE.